Joel Kinnaman Is ‘Really Happy’ About The Fan Response To ‘Suicide Squad’

Joel Kinnaman Rick Flag

By now, we all know that when it came to reviews for Suicide Squad, they weren’t too kind. Many of the film’s cast have commented on the reviews in the recent weeks and seemed unaffected by them. If the box office response is any idication, the audience mostly felt the same way as well when it came to the DC film. What does Joel Kinnaman, who portrayed Rick Flag in the film, think about them? Speaking with Vulture while promoting his latest film Edge Of Winter, Kinnaman had the following to say regarding the bad reviews.

“I read a couple, but I didn’t enjoy reading them so I stopped. They were not kind.  It’s always nicer when people say nice things about you. But on a film like Suicide Squad, it really only has an ambition to entertain. There’s no big political aspirations about the film; it doesn’t take itself that seriously. The only way it takes itself seriously is portraying these characters in an honest way. I really think we did that, and I’m proud of my  work and everyone else’s work in that film, too. So, on a film like this, that has those kinds of  ambitions; it becomes even more important what the fans think. We made this film for the fans.”

Kinnaman then went on to comment on the fan response to the film and how he does not ever remember “seeing a bigger disparity between reviewers’ and fans’ response” when it came to a film. The actor then continued on stating that the cast has “been  showered with love and appreciation for this” before adding the following.
“Sure, the film is  not perfect. But the kind of vitriol that it got? [Laughs.] It sure as hell didn’t  deserve that. I  think it actually might’ve been good for the film. Now people don’t have too-  high expectations  for it. It reset that a little bit, and people went into the theaters and just  got entertained by  what they saw. So I was really happy with how that whole thing turned  out.”

As someone who has been watching this all play out and seen the film three different times with a packed audience, I can’t disagree with Kinnaman’s statements at all. Sure, the film isn’t perfect but it doesn’t deserve to be this year’s “punching bag”. Do you agree with Kinnaman’s comments? What did you think about Suicide Squad? Let us know in the comments section below.

Source: Vulture

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  • This excuse of making a bad product “for the fans” is really old. On the other hand, “the fans” seem to lap it up.

    Rick Flagg, besides looking like he’s strung out on drugs in the movie, was pretty bad. His relationship material was awful and him being fine with Waller murdering her coworkers (despite being opposed to the Squadies lootling) was particularly egregious – and an example of the faulty/incoherent logic typical of the DCEU movies so far.

    None of the issues with Flagg are Kinnamon’s fault, I suppose.

    • SAMURAI36

      Spoken like someone who has never read a comic in his life.

    • Chris

      Waller did what she had to for her mission. The Squad looting was not part of the mission. Flagg is a soldier and his only concern for the bulk of the film was completing the mission. So, it stands to reason he wouldn’t care about his superior doing what she needed to for the sake of the mission.

      I didn’t even like SS that much, but I thought this much was pretty obvious.

      • Obvious? We don’t even know why she was in that building, as the movie forgot to include that information.

        And no, after portraying him as a goody two-shoes loverboy who hates being partnered with criminals for the whole movie, his disregard of the murder of his fellow agents doesn’t make sense from a character perspective.

  • DarkoCool

    It’s a good movie. Kinnaman was fine in a role which really didn’t demand much of him. I thought it was too short and way too much CGI at the end (Enchantress looked much better in her dark, creepy glowy-eye incarnation). I’m not sure why this got bad reviews. It’s a simple fun comic book movie. Nothing more, nothing less. Viola Davis was awesome in it too!

    • SAMURAI36

      Agreed to all points.